I remember several things about my dad, all of which are precious in my sight:
- He loved God. What better example than a father who lives as he believes?
- He loved to play his guitar and sing. We traveled around many churches and sang as a family while a child and young person. He was confident in his ability and doing what he could do for God as well as he could. Isn't that a great lesson for us?
- He was a man who knew what he believed but did it in a gentle way. I can't remember him ever raising his voice. He was a gentle in his words, actions and deeds. How strong of an example is that?
- He was a hard worker, faithful to his work, faithful to his family by providing.
- I've watched him through the years and know he is discerning and wise about choices and decisions needing answers
- He works hard physically but is also strong with his beliefs in how a person should act with his manners, his responses and his morals. He taught are boys how to stand when greeting an older person, to open doors, to ask to be excused and many other valuable, slowly-declining-in-this-day-and-age actions that speak well of an individual.
- His love is an abiding love. It's an enduring love and an understanding love. He knows just the words to say, the gifts to give, the reaction to share. Little things are big things to him. He loves giving me wild flowers in the summer. He loves sharing some small item with a grandson which he knows will mean a lot to them. He's generous.
- He knows when to have fun and when to share it! From plans to spend time with family . . . or me . . . his ideas are usually just what we need!